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"In God We Trust" was adopted as the official motto of the US in 1956. The idea of putting the phrase on U.S. currency was conceived by Salmon P. Chase, the US Treasury Secretary under President Abraham Lincoln. Chase wrote in an 1861 letter to James Pollock, the Director of the Mint in Philadelphia, that "no nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins."

MoreThe motto first appeared on the two-cent coin introduced in 1864. It was added to several other denominations in 1866, following the end of the Civil War, but it wasn't until 1938 that it appeared on all circulating denominations.

The motto wasn't added to paper money until 1957, though. It was placed on the reverse of the 1957 series of $1 silver certificates. 1935-G $1 bills were still being printed at that time so it was added to that series in mid-production; some have the motto and some don't. It was added to higher denominations starting with the 1963 issues.

Some people mistakenly believe that older bills without the motto are printing errors. In fact they're not mistakes and aren't worth any extra premium because they lack the wording.

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When was In God We Trust added to the dollar bill?

The motto In God WE Trust was added in 1957.

Who is the father of american president put this in God we trust in coin during the war?

The phrase "In God We Trust" was first added to U.S. coinage in 1864, during the American Civil War.

Why was the phrase in god you trust added to us currency and by whom?

A law passed by the 84th Congress (P.L. 84-140) and approved by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, the President approved a Joint Resolution of the 84th Congress, declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States. This why the phrase was placed on U.S. currency. IN GOD WE TRUST was first used on paper money in 1957, when it appeared on the one-dollar silver certificate. The first paper currency bearing the motto entered circulation on October 1, 1957.

Who added the motto in god you trust to the dollar bill?

No one ever added "In God YOU Trust". As you can see by looking at any modern coin or bill, the motto is In God WE Trust. Please see the Related Question for more information.

When did In God you Trust first appear on money?

"In God We Trust" has been on most currency since 1864

Is there supposed to be in god we trust on the Hawaii ten dollar bill?

No, In God We Trust wasn't added to $10 bills until 1963.

Why was in god you trust left off of 1934 currency?

The phrase "In God We Trust" wasn't added to U.S. paper currency until the 1950s.

What is the motto put on money in 1955?

in god we trust.

What words are required to be on us money?

In God We Trust

Does a 1934 10 dollar bill have In God We Trust on the back?

No. The phrase "In God We Trust" wasn't added to US paper currency until 1957.

Did the 1950 ten dollar bill not have in God you trust on it?

That's correct. The phrase "In God We Trust" wasn't added to paper currency until 1957.

When was in god you trust put on a dollar?

The motto "In God YOU Trust" has never been on a coin or bill. As you can see from your pocket change, it reads "In God WE Trust". The motto was added to silver dollars in 1866, two years after its introduction on the 2¢ piece. It was added to $1 bills in 1957. It was added to other denominations at many different times over the years.